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Laeev it alnoe, ti adsd cahratcre!
Hey JP I'll be 67 in August and not to go with the harmonica yet. but in 2025 I'm going to start a Ragamuffin band and do the same as your going to do in senior living centers, just on the other end of the country. I figure if I practice real hard in ten years and the residence are hard of hearing, we'll do great.
I'm a 64 year old burnout learning to play a Seydel Saxony chromatic harmonica. I formerly played Cornet in a local community band for 30+ years. It took that long for me to realize that I stunk. So on to my next love, the harmonica. Perhaps better luck this time. My ultimate goal is to be able to play well enough to play in a group that will perform, for free, at group homes, senior centers, hospice, etc.
Thank you for this forum, best wishes.
Hi Riverwolf, I hope the surgery goes well and you are soon restored to full mobility. Guitar and harmonica go well together!
Thanks for the song and the welcome! I tried a Dobro a couple of weeks ago. I visited a major music store with another band member and we went round the whole store and tried most things. Trombone was good in that I didn't need to use my fingers but it was a bit heavy for me; and who can take a trombone player seriously
I've been really down in the dumps this last six months and feeling sorry for myself but things are looking up now!
I'm going to listen to them today get some tabs and go for it and have fun. I'm not going to try to many songs at one time I'll just get confused. Been doing a lot of reading and listening lately. Thanks for your help.
Sorry for the delay, I thought I had posted something but I guess it got lost, here it is again.
I used tabs early on but no longer have them, but there are, as I'm sure you've discovered,
thousands available on line.
But I do believe I can help you with some tunes, The first one I recommend is one by Bo
Diddley named "Pretty Thing". The band is playing in the key of E, the harmonica is an A
harp played in second or cross position for E. This is a Bo Diddley ROMP there are no
chord changes. Lots of chugging, and listen to how the harmonica duplicates the vocal
line. Recommended: Listen, Play, Listen, Play, Listen, Play, you'll get the idea:)
The second tune is done by the great Muddy Waters it is a traditional tune in the Public Domain
titled "Can't Get No Grindin" The band plays in the key of G, the harmonica is a C harp, again
played in second (or cross) position. I know you can find this one on Youtube, Paul Osher
is on the harmonica. Recommended: L&P L&P L&P
And lastly another I found to be easy to learn in my early repertoire, It is a tune in the key of A
penned by Rice Miller aka "Sonny Boy Williamson" titled "Checkin' Up On My Baby"
again the band is in the key of A the harmonica is a D harp played second position.
I actually learned this tune from a cover done by Junior Wells. All these tunes are probably
available in some fashion on Youtube, I'll check to make sure. Learning these tunes
will provide you with a basic vocabulary for blues structure. Recommended: L&P, L&P,
I really can't stress the Listening enough, listen for every little nuance, how the phrasing
interacts with the rest of the music. And a parting thought, we as players/musicians must
decide who/m we are playing for, ourselves, the listeners, or those we are collaborating with
to produce the music. If you chose the latter you are on the right track.
Good Luck, Grab that harp and wail!